The budget of the Punjab for the next fiscal year 2021-22 will be presented before the provincial assembly on June 14 with a proposed increase of 10 percent in pensions and salaries of the government employees.
According to salient features of the Punjab budget, other than an increase in salaries, the development outlay-Annual Development Plan (ADP)- for the province will be set at Rs480 billion for the next fiscal year.
A total of Rs265 billion would be earmarked for the ongoing projects while Rs130 billion would be set aside for new uplift schemes. A development budget of Rs62 billion is earmarked for Lahore uplift projects.
The home department of Punjab would get Rs1.90 billion for development projects, Rs78 billion would be earmarked for specialized healthcare and Rs60 billion for universal health coverage under the health insurance programme.
For other uplift projects, Rs1.23 billion would be earmarked for the establishment of a health facility in district headquarter Gujranwala, while Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujrat University, and DHQ Gujrat would receive funds of Rs350 million.
The Institute of Cardiology Multan has sought funds of Rs700 million while PKLI demanded Rs1 billion for its specialized healthcare unit in the budget 2021-22.
Previously in a report, it was noted that 35 per cent of the development funds will be earmarked for the uplift projects in South Punjab.
The budget 2021-22 carries a proposal of Rs10.24 billion to be earmarked for higher education, and Rs1 billion for special education.
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The mobile unit has been launched jointly by the Naya Pakistan Housing Authority and the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP).
The NPHS mobile unit will provide hassle-free information to the masses and submission of the applications through the scheme in the pandemic time.
Initially, the mobile unit will provide facility to in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and adjoining areas and later it will be expanded to other parts of the country.